2021.10.06 12:27

Lithuanian Red Cross provides €0.5m in assistance to migrants, involves over 300 volunteers

BNS2021.10.06 12:27

The Lithuanian Red Cross Society has provided assistance worth more than 500,000 euros over the past three months as it seeks to stabilise the humanitarian migrant crisis.

The bulk of that amount – 280,630 euros – has been allocated by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

According to the organisation, businesses have donated 45,000 euros for the humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants and provided assistance with goods and other items worth 182,000 euros.

More than 340 Lithuanian Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground at migrant camps. In addition, teams of volunteers and experts have been visiting the camps periodically.

According to the data from Statistics Lithuania, more than 4,100 irregular migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year. One-fourth of them are minors, and almost one-third, or 29 percent, are women.

Vilnius accuses the Minsk regime of orchestrating the unprecedented migration influx, calling it "hybrid aggression".

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